Wonderful walk this morning on this carpet of leaves - not as crunchy and flighty as a week ago but still a delight. Big storm forecast in the North but seems pretty spot-on for the time of year. We saw primroses violets and red campion along the way - and I notice that the bulbs in some of my pots in the garden are sprouting shoots.
Hedgehogs dormice and bats are apparently the only UK mammals that hibernate - a hedgehogs heart rate can drop from 190 to only 20 beats per minute, and they may only take a breath every few minutes. Energy saving is natural and essential for these creatures!
I never knew that the place where a creature hibernates is called a hibernaculum. Amphibians and reptiles hibernate as do certain species of butterfly.
Greyhounds do not, although energy saving is basically their default setting - dont be fooled by their racing prowess - I think Jazz is already checking out the hibernacular potential here - that or there are no squirrels about to chase.